Ever wish you could get in on that converstation going on between coach John Anderson and Ilya Kovalchuk on the Thrashers’ bench? Well, if you’re willing to shell out the kinda money to sit in one of Philips Arena’s luxury suites, you’ll get the chance to do just that.
Philips Arena, now a decade old, will be getting some updates this summer…to the tune of $4 million. Highlighting the upgrades will be a new audio system inside of the luxury suites that will allow those occupying them to listen to the comings and goings on the benches during Thrashers and Hawks games.
According to John Manasso of the Sports Business Journal last February,”Philips Arena President Bob Williams said that the coaches of the NBA Hawks and NHL Thrashers will wear microphones and that additional microphones will be placed on the team benches. The audio will operate on a delay, and Atlanta Spirit, parent company for the teams and arena, will hire someone to delete any offensive, profane or inappropriate remarks”.
The general managers of both teams have given this their full and total approval.
92 suites in total will be renovated starting this summer and they plan on having three model suits available by mid-February.
Hockey’s Future Ranks Thrashers’ System 8th Best
Here’s some postive news about the Thrashers’ furure. HF has come out with their Organizational Rankings and the Thrashers come it at #8 in the NHL…behind St. Louis, Montreal, Nashville, LA, Columbus, Washington and Boston.
Of Atlanta’s prospects, Hockey’s Future writes that our strengths are, “a pair of top-end prospects in goalie Ondrej Pavelec and defenseman Zach Bogosian. The defensive prospect depth is solid with both offensive and defensive-minded prospects. The center position is also a point of strength, featuring Riley Holzapfel, Daultan Leveille, and John Albert. Centers Angelo Esposito and Eric O’Dell have also been added through trades”.
Of our weaknesses, ” On the wings, Spencer Machacek, and Vinny Saponari rank near the top of a relatively weak position. Depth on the left wing is especially lacking. The absence of a blue-chip forward is compounded by the question marks surrounding some of the Thrashers top forward prospects, such as Esposito and Brett Sterling”.
Hossa Not Going Anywhere?
According to Michael Farber of SI.com’s On The Fly, Marion Hossa will sign a 7-year contract with the Detroit red Wings. He expects the deal will be announced after the Finals are over and done with…(which could be as early as Thursday night).
He also doesn’t think very highly of the Canadiens hiring Jacque Martin as their new head coach.
Potvin Throws His Hat In
Speaking of Jacques Martin…his departure from south Florda leaves an opening in the Panthers general manager’s office. It’s a void that Denis Potvin would like to fill.
This morning on XM’s Hockey This Morning, Potvin told Scott Laughlin that he would welcome the challenge that would come with that job.
As you may recall, Potvin had been the color commentator for Florida Panthers television broadcasts on FS Florida from the team began in 1993 through this past season. On May 6, 2009, it was announced that the Panthers would not renew his contract in order to save money. Former Florida Panthers’ player Bill Lindsay is slated to take over in his place.